Case Study
Exeter, Devon. Brownfield Site


Leading modular housing company ilke Homes has secured a development site for 165 new homes on Phase 2, Exmouth Junction, Exeter from Eutopia Homes.

The scheme, which will be delivered on a brownfield site that has laid vacant for many years, will comprise 165 new homes, comprising a mix of one and two-bed apartments and two, three and four-bed homes. The site, currently owned by Eutopia Homes, was most recently used as a self-storage yard and historic uses include former railway sidings, a concrete depot, and a coal distribution centre.

Upon completion, it is proposed that all the homes will be available for either social rent, affordable rent or shared ownership and underpinned with the same National Homes Building Council (NHBC) accreditations that traditionally built homes offer. This will make it easy for residents to insure and mortgage their new homes.

Thanks to precision-engineering techniques, the homes being delivered at Exmouth Junction will be some of the UK’s most energy-efficient. By achieving at least a ‘B’ EPC rating, the homes will be more energy-efficient than 92 percent of the UK’s housing stock. Furthermore, given that most of the work takes place offsite, ilke Homes will also be able to half the emissions produced during the construction program.

The energy performance of each home also translates into huge cost savings for residents, who could save hundreds of pounds on energy bills each year, as it is far cheaper to heat and power one of ilke’s homes compared to a traditionally built home due to increased levels of airtightness.

Eutopia Homes are responsible for the master plan of the whole site and the delivery of the build to rent phase. Eutopia Homes will also provide the infrastructure for ilke Homes to access and develop phase two.

Scott Hammond, CEO at Eutopia Homes, comments:
“This 15-acre site is one of the few remaining large scale brownfield development opportunities within walking distance of Exeter city centre and the University, so it’s great that, by bringing ilke Homes on board, we were able to unlock this site for the development of much-needed housing.”

“One of the main reasons we selected ilke Homes was the benefits that modular construction can bring to speed of delivery across a large site. Our commitment to Modern Methods of Construction made a partnership with ilke Homes the natural fit and we look forward to working with them on this exciting project .”